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Sunken debris barge: Coast Guard warned presidential adviser

November 22, 2006

• Environmentalists, scientists sound alarm

By Nestor P. Burgos Jr.
Inquirer, Nov. 22, 2006

ILOILO CITY – The Philippine Coast Guard said Wednesday it had opposed the use of barges to transport sludge and other oil-soaked debris from Guimaras because of the risks involved but it was overruled by the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) and the regional inter-agency task force created to oversee cleanup operations in the wake of the country’s largest oil-spill disaster.

Captain Luis Tuason, Coast Guard commander in Western Visayas, said they wrote letters to Presidential Assistant for Western Visayas Rafael Coscolluela, head of the Task Force Solar I Oil Spill, and Marina about the risks in transporting the debris by barges.

(Read on…Letters to Lito)

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